Mamata announces sops for Muslims



Kolkata: Announcing sops for Muslims ahead of next year's panchayat polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that her government would bring in a law for providing them quota in government jobs.

"The previous government had done it without proper survey and that is why it turned out to be a hotpotch and a case is pending in court," the chief minister told a meeting of Imams at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here.

A survey would be taken up for this, she said, adding that Backward Classes Welfare minister Upendranath Biswas has been asked to complete the work as early as possible.

Assuring that employment for Muslims was a priority for her government, she said an employment bank was being set up and the government was arranging to provide 20,000 jobs.

On scholarships for minorities, she said, only three lakh scholarships were given during the previous Left Front regime, but 16 lakh minority students received loans for studies in the ten months her government came to power.

"I have never betrayed Muslims. Our government is fulfilling promises I have made," she said, adding that funds for the minority department has been increased 73 per cent in the budget.

PTI